The Internet has revolutionized the way college students conduct research. Unlike your predecessors, you have quick and easy access to millions of valuable resources from around the globe.
Is all Internet information valuable? Unlike the book and magazine publication processes, there are no editors or fact checkers to prevent an incorrect web-site from being created. Not all of the information you will find on the web will be useful or accurate.
This online tutorial will help you analyze web-sites for their value more accurately.
You need to take into account whether the web-site author has
credentials in the subject being presented.
Questions regarding authority:
Who wrote this? Who is the sponsor? An e-mail contact is not enough. Most reliable web-sites have an “about us” link. Click on it and read it.
Is the person or organization well-regarded by others?
Do their credentials allow them to speak with authority?
Authority example: This is the website of the World Health Organization (WHO). If you click on “About WHO” at the very bottom of the page, you will discover that this organization was created in 1948 by the United Nations and its objective is the “a ttainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.” WHO is well regarded by others and you will see many references to it if you are researching a topic such as HIV/AIDS on a global scale.